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Bellevue Library

Hastings Architecture Associates

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25,000 sq. feet
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Following the devastating thousand-year flood of 2010, a new library was planned for the Bellevue community with a commitment to enrich lives at a local level. As a center for knowledge and entertainment, this facility hosts large formal events and small impromptu encounters, generating unique public and personal experiences.

Critical components to the design were the following:

Context – bring to life a central and conveniently located property by creating a new walking trail, outdoor gathering areas for teaching and contemplation, and a community “front porch” for large events or small private getaway moments.

Identity – create a facility that not only develops a direct physical and visual connection to the street and surrounding neighborhood, but also provides a unique landmark generating community pride.

Layout – establish a well-developed plan with intuitive circulation, centrally positioned and highly visible service desk and multiple environments for a wide variety of users.

Technology – incorporate state-of-the-art technology while forecasting future trends and building in flexible systems for multi-use functions.

Sustainability – recognize the benefits of sustainable design practices by infusing the project with thoughtful solutions throughout.  

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